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Putnam
10-08-2010, 08:35 AM
Here a new research finding from Purdue



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A study by researchers at Purdue University suggests that some high school football players suffer undiagnosed changes in brain function and continue playing even though they are impaired.

"Our key finding is a previously undiscovered category of cognitive impairment," said Thomas Talavage (https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECE/People/profile?resource_id=3304), an expert in functional neuroimaging who is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering and co-director of the Purdue MRI Facility.
The findings represent a dilemma because they suggest athletes may suffer a form of injury that is difficult to diagnose.


http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2010/101007NaumanFootball.html



The research team identified 11 players who either were diagnosed by a physician as having a concussion, received an unusually high number of impacts to the head or received an unusually hard impact. Of those 11 players, three were diagnosed with concussions during the course of the season, four showed no changes and four showed changes in brain function.

"So half of the players who appeared to be uninjured still showed changes in brain function," Leverenz said. "These four players showed significant brain deficits. Technically, we aren't calling the impairment concussions because that term implies very specific clinical symptoms, such as losing consciousness or having trouble walking and speaking. At the same time, our data clearly indicate significant impairment."

Los Angeles
10-08-2010, 11:57 AM
They should take my junior high coach's advice and just walk it off. (Advice delivered as I lay there with two broken bones.)

Football is well known as a team sport that ruins bodies and lives more than any other. I just can't watch it any more.

Trader Joe
10-08-2010, 12:02 PM
Football has always projected itself as the "manliest" of sports, the toughest, the most dangerous etc. Which leads to the ignorance when it comes to concussions because there is no visible blood, no visible bruising, no visible damage for the most part. The glory that is given to dangerous helmet to helmet hits is a disgusting spectacle to me at this point. Yes, you have to be tough to play football, but you also have to be tough to play every sport.

I can't tell you how many arguments I'd get into with football people in high school about soccer players being sissies, go youtube some of the videos of people getting their legs fractured in half from slide tackles before you speak.

The media takes a HUGE amount of blame for the rising epidemic of brain injuries among former football players. They need to take responsibility and stop glorifying dangerous hits that threaten people's lives and serve no purpose to the game itself.

Los Angeles
10-08-2010, 01:35 PM
LAWeekly just did a cover story on Brain injuries in the NFL leading many sufferers into patterns of bizarre and often violent behavior.

Please click and read, it is really well done.

http://www.laweekly.com/2010-09-30/news/chris-brymer-head-case/

This is a very long article (six pages) and I'm at work without enough time to copy and paste the whole thing.

travmil
10-08-2010, 02:16 PM
Football is the manliest sport? Every hockey player in the world just LOL'ed through their missing two front teeth...

Trader Joe
10-08-2010, 02:27 PM
Hey I never said I agreed with it, but that is definitely how football is portrayed.

Putnam
10-08-2010, 03:24 PM
Aren't you both missing the point?

The point is that lots more kids are getting brain damage than previously thought. Up to now, they've tallied injuries according to the kids who had a diagnosed concussion. But this finding shows that many kids who never have a diagnosis are also brain damaged.

Trader Joe
10-08-2010, 03:50 PM
No, I understand your point Putnam, but I'm saying a lot of the reason things like this are misdiagnosed or overlooked is because of the macho, manly persona the NFL and the media has placed on the sport of football.

What injuries get the biggest, oooh we probably shouldn't show this moment? When someone's leg snaps in half or their knee bends in an awkward way, but if someone is lying motionless on the ground after a huge hit, the announcer barely even bat an eye, some announcers actually are still too busy guffawing over the big hit to realize the seriousness of the symptoms being presented.

Putnam
10-08-2010, 04:48 PM
OK, I get what you're saying.


When someone's leg snaps in half or their knee bends in an awkward way, but if someone is lying motionless on the ground after a huge hit,



Yep. I still appreciate Pat Summerall or Merlin Olsen, I forget which, during the early moments of SuperBowl XXIII when Bengals linebacker Tim Krumrie was hurt. The cameras kept rolling back and forth across that gruesome leg break, and Olsen (or Summerall) stated quite pointedly, "We DON'T need to see that again!!"

Bball
10-10-2010, 11:33 PM
OK, I get what you're saying.




Yep. I still appreciate Pat Summerall or Merlin Olsen, I forget which, during the early moments of SuperBowl XXIII when Bengals linebacker Tim Krumrie was hurt. The cameras kept rolling back and forth across that gruesome leg break, and Olsen (or Summerall) stated quite pointedly, "We DON'T need to see that again!!"

Enberg and Olsen were the broadcast duo for that game I do believe....

Putnam
10-11-2010, 09:17 AM
Enberg and Olsen were the broadcast duo for that game I do believe....

Yeah, it was Olsen. Anyway, he was gracious about not wanting to lingter over the injury.